My old company laptop finally died.. it was a compaq Evo610c... about 4 years old, maybe 5, I can't remember for sure when I recieved it.. It functioned OK, just OK.. it had a 2.1ghz processor, and 512meg of RAM.. but the Bus speed was probably 256Kb..
My new laptop is like a Laser compared to a bullet.. unbelievably fast.. the old laptop took easliy 10 minutes to fully boot up, it would operate some programs after about 6-8 minutes, but there was a lot of hard-drive activity untill about 10 minutes had passed..
This new 'hot rod' laptop has a 1.8gig Dual Intel Core2 processor, 1 gig of RAM, and the biggie: the bus speed is like 788mghz... what a difference.. Boot-up time is about 2-3 minutes total,, even when I'm looking for a new, previously unused ISP at a hotel.. When I got to my overnight hotel, I used to push the on button, plug in the power 'brick' and cord, go start changing out of my uniform.. I 'd keep and eye on the screen for the security popup to appear. ONce it did appear, usually about 2-3 minutes. I'd enter my passcode, hit enter and finish changing clothes, hanging up my uniform and then sit down to get online,, often the hard drive was still working..
Now I just turn on, take a seat and by the time I've plugged in the power cord and 'brick', not only have I fed it my passcode, but I'm up and online.. absolutely blazing fast.. like the difference between dialup and cable..
NOW, when something isn't happening.. I KNOW it is the internet,, not the turtle under the keyboard.
The new 'puter is a HP/Compaq 6910p, I really am impressed.. now I just hope it holds up well..